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As more public services are supplied by the commercial sector, contract management is becoming a growing area of expertise. Read more
As more public services are supplied by the commercial sector, contract management is becoming a growing area of expertise. Aimed at those working with Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and Private Finance Initiatives (PFI), this course will give you the expert skills you need to negotiate, manage and deliver framework agreements and term contracts while upholding the highest levels of customer service.

Many public services are now outsourced and there is growing support from the Local Government Association to improve the contract management skills of those working in local authorities. You will analyse case studies and focus on examples from your own workplace to gain an understanding of how you can modify the contracts you handle.

We will develop your legal knowledge and help you make improvements to existing contracts, encouraging you to seek innovative ways of working. You will explore different strategies for resolving client-contractor and supplier conflict so that existing contracts can be successfully renegotiated.

Whether you are a public sector professional or a supplier of services, working collaboratively with your tutors and fellow students will allow you to learn from the experiences of others. You will examine different problem-solving and communication strategies which you can then apply in your own workplace.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/contractmanagement_apd

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


If you are already working in contract management, this course will strengthen your abilities and give you the confidence to get the best from your suppliers. You will gain transferrable skills that are in high demand across the public and private sectors, preparing you to take responsibility for coordinating and managing contracts and partnerships. There is also the option to continue your studies by progressing on to our MSc Strategic Project Management.

- Client Representative
- Contract Manager
- Procurement Officer

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You will be inspired by experts - each member of your course team has more than 20 years' experience in industry and they will use their knowledge of commercial supply chains to inform your teaching and bridge the gap between the public and private sector. The team are also involved in research and consultancy in this area which will feed into your teaching.

We have fantastic links with the public sector and their suppliers and regularly invite guest speakers from industry to share their experiences. Previous visitors have included employees of the Office of Government Commerce, who support procurement and acquisition in the public sector, and Morgan Sindall, a leading UK construction group. This industry input keeps your teaching current and makes sure your knowledge is always up to date.

We've designed this course to support you every step of the way. Taught at weekends to fit around your work commitments, you will also be offered tips on writing academic essays and examine previous assignments to get a clear picture of what is expected from you.

Core Modules

Contract Administration & Finance
Gain an understanding of the core principles in a contract and how to administer contracts. You will examine contract theory, principles and clauses, legal requirements for contract administration and financial control.

Contract Management & Monitoring Performance
Discover ways to evaluate, design and implement systems to measure and monitor the service provision provided by your contracts from both the service provision and supplier perspective.

John Heathcote

Senior Lecturer

"There is a reciprocal learning environment between the students and myself. My students have exposed me to problems they are having in the workplace and using my experience we've worked together to propose a solution."

John is an expert in European project and contract management. From utility engineering capital projects, to supply chain management specialising in partnership framework contracts, he has more than 20 years' experience in industry. John is also the current chair of the Association for Project Management’s Value Management Specific Interest Group.


- Library and online resources
Our library is one of only a handful of university libraries in the UK that are open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Learning spaces
Your teaching team are based in Northern Terrace, a short walk from Leeds city centre. This is a learning hub for our Built Environment and Engineering students, so you can spend time here sharing ideas with classmates and your tutors.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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This programme is only available to study at the Dubai campus. Facilities Management is responsible for co-ordinating all efforts relating to planning, designing and managing buildings and their systems, equipment and furniture to enhance the organisation’s ability to compete in a rapidly changing world. Read more
This programme is only available to study at the Dubai campus.

Facilities Management is responsible for co-ordinating all efforts relating to planning, designing and managing buildings and their systems, equipment and furniture to enhance the organisation’s ability to compete in a rapidly changing world. It involves the integration of multi-disciplinary activities with the built environment and the management of their impact upon the people and the workplace.

The MSc/Diploma in Facilities Management develops competencies and skills to enable its graduates to manage facilities effectively for a changing business world. Facilities Management provides proactive support and dynamism to the core business of an organisation through a coordinated and well managed approach to secondary business functions. Graduates from the programme will gain the skills necessary to fully realise the potential of facilities management in providing effective and productive environments which meet the needs of today’s businesses.

The MSc is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the British Institute of Facilities Management.

Programme Content

The growth of facilities management offers great opportunities for professionals who are competent in the core roles required for 21st Century facilities management. . The programme comprises 5 core courses and 3 elective cours

Course Choice

•Service Procurement and Provision – mandatory
This course looks at the key services that make up a modern facilities management operation ranging from interior design, landscaping and courtesy services to the more traditional property related services concerned with the upkeep of facilities. The course provides a theoretical basis for service procurement; the selection of service providers; and risk management models. It considers the organisational, human and cultural impact of facilities and ways in which improved services can affect facility performance. Within the course, ongoing performance measurement systems are also described which enable the effective management of service contracts.

•Space Planning and Management - mandatory
This course provides a strategic overview of space from a business perspective. It identifies the supply and demand process in relation to property portfolios and considers tools and techniques that enable the effective modelling and use of space. It examines the concept of flexibility and reuse in the context of a changing organisational context. Alternative space strategies are examined in the course in tandem with new ways of working. It also considers how space can be used to support work-life balance strategies in organisations.

•Asset Maintenance Management - mandatory
This course examines the effective management and maintenance of operational property. Key aspects include: maintenance policy and standards; planned and responsive maintenance; asset appraisal and evaluation; information management; maintenance; property portfolios; acquisitions and disposals.

•Contracts & Procurement - mandatory
This course considers facilities management in the broader context of the construction cycle. The advent of new procurement methods such as the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) have inevitably drawn facilities managers into the larger issue of construction projects and their procurement, This course considers procurement arrangement options, principles of contract law, procurement through Public Private Partnerships, construction contracts, negotiation, as well as conflicts and disputes. Facilities managers have an ever increasing contribution to make in this process in the capacity of informed client.

•Sustainable Practices in Facilities Management - mandatory
This course examines a number of key issues in facilities management which are rapidly gaining significance within the industry. The purpose of the course is to familiarise the facilities manager with contemporary issues in facilities management and the relevant guidelines, assessment procedures, and standards for sustainable and strategic facilities issues. Key issues covered include: sustainability, energy management, waste management, the working environment, and comfort and productivity in the workplace.

For BIFM accreditation, students should undertake the following three elective courses:

People & Organisational Management in the Built Environment - optional
Business Management for Built Environment Professionals – optional
Project Management (Theory and Practice) - optional

Alternatively, students can choose (subject to timetabling) three other electives from a range of management courses offered by the School, including:

Value and Risk Management – optional
Macroeconomics, Finance and the Built Environment - optional
Corporate Property Asset Management - optional
Property Investment and Finance – optional

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